Friday, 21 June 2013

Introducing America's Top Cities: New York, NY

Introducing America's Top Cities: New York, NY

By Lizette Balsdon

Five years after that a settlement was established and that place is now known as New York, NY. Dutch Governors bought the area at the time and it was named New Amsterdam. One of these governors named Peter Minuit bought what is known as Manhattan Island from Indians for buttons, trinkets and beads. Some fifty years later this was seized by the Duke of York and renamed in honor of the Duke.

The end of the war handed over the city over to the Americans. The city hall was used to inaugurate George Washington as President of the USA. Congress would hold its meetings between 1700 and eighty-five to 1790.

Just before the year 1900 the city developed further to include Staten Island, Queens, Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan. Today, it is referred to as the Big Apple and is a leader in finance, communication and the arts. The port is rated as the largest port complex on the East coast. The United Nations is housed there and some of the biggest corporations are housed in this city. It is also the hub for radio broadcasting, publishing, fashion and advertising.

Tragedy struck in two thousand and one when airplane hijackers forced two passenger carriers into the World Trade Center and this devastated the world famous Twin Towers. There was much loss of life as a result of this heinous act of terrorism. The Twin Towers have never been rebuilt since then.

There are more than one hundred and fifty museums in the city and members of the public and tourists are welcome to visit them. There are some 6400 miles of sidewalks for people to enjoy sightseeing on. Visitors are advised to wear comfortable shoes and to not worry about fashion when walking about the city.

Visitors are able to rent bicycles or skates to ride and skate in Central Park. The streets are not the place to do this, as it is too dangerous to do so. The ferry is free for people to use and take in the sights of Manhattan. Many people take a picnic lunch when visiting New York, N.Y on a daily trip.

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